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The HR Specialist: North Carolina Employment Law

Chalk it up to the rule of unanticipated consequences: Banks that took federal bailout money are rescinding job offers to foreign-born MBAs. No, it’s not discrimination based on foreign origin. Rather, it’s one of the strings attached to billions in TARP funds.

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These days, employees are incredibly well-informed when it comes to their rights. In the following case, an employee found an FMLA certification form online and used it.

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When two dozen protesters showed up last month in front of the Raleigh office of the Employment Security Commission, it wasn’t a spontaneous protest for jobs and worker protection laws.

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States—such as North Carolina—that have moved to electronic filing for unemployed workers have learned what can happen when too many people try to use the e-filing systems at the same time.

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A former Greensboro police officer has repaid $16,600 that disappeared from a fund he directed. David Andrew Moore made the payment after being found guilty of failing to discharge his duties.

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After a teacher was caught using heroin in an elementary school classroom, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided it needed to do more than check newly hired employees for criminal records.

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The economic meltdown has North Carolinians caught in the grip of fear and insecurity, but state business leaders are cautiously optimistic things could turn around sooner rather than later.

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Chances are that a court won’t approve an FMLA case settlement unless the employer can show that the amount it is paying the employee isn’t less than the cost to comply would have been in the first place.

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Assessing employee performance or potential using subjective measures is one of the fastest ways to wind up in court. Employers that stick with objective, carefully tailored assessments are much less likely to lose bias lawsuits because there’s little chance for hidden bias to creep into the process.

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Sometimes employers have the delightful problem of having several qualified candidates for a position or promotion. But that good problem can turn into a legal nightmare if an employer winds up fighting discrimination claims from a passed-over applicant. One approach that helps guard against discrimination charges is to have a diverse panel help make the hiring decision.

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